Don't Forget Your HVAC System When Selling Your Home!

When the time comes to sell your home, you’ll likely do everything in your power to prep it to show well and attract potential buyers to make an offer. However, we see far too many people forget about an extremely important part of their home that almost any buyer is going to be concerned about: their heating and cooling system.

When it comes to deal-breakers for potential buyers, few factors can send people running for the hills faster than a worn-out, old, and decrepit HVAC system that’s on the verge of dying. Even if your system works well for now, the truth of the matter is an old system is a huge liability and could lead to thousands of dollars in expenses, which nobody wants to deal with in the immediate aftermath of spending tens of thousands of dollars or more on buying their new home.

What Are Buyers Looking For?

Think of it this way: if you’re looking to buy a new home, you wouldn’t want to accept an air conditioning and heating system that you know was on borrowed time and could give out at any second. So why would you expect your home’s buyers to do so? If you know your HVAC system is old and could be at risk for failing, you can absolutely expect that to be a huge sticking point when it comes to fielding offers from potential buyers. Even if you price the home appropriately or include an allowance for the aged system, you’re already putting yourself on the back foot when it comes to grabbing anybody’s interest and you’re certainly setting yourself back in price negotiations.

Consider Replacement

So what can you do to prevent this problem? Investing in a brand new HVAC system may be the solution. While it might seem like a costly endeavor for a house you’re just going to sell anyway, the truth of the matter is you’re probably going to see huge results from doing so. A brand new HVAC system that’s still under warranty is a huge selling point that catches the interest of a lot of buyers.

Replacing your HVAC system also gives you the ability to build the price of the new system into the asking price of your home, and do so in a way that’s going to encourage buyers to consider making an offer on your home, even though your asking price may have gone up. You could find that making this huge change suddenly leads to a massive increase in interest in your home, and you could wind up selling it for even more than you initially thought possible.

Maintenance Records Speak Loudly

The average lifespan of an air conditioner is anywhere from 10 to 25 years, depending on the type of system you have installed in your home. However, a system that’s about 15 years old can either be in fantastic shape, or it can be on the verge of dying and need urgent replacement. Why’s this the case? Simple: a system that’s regularly maintained and cared for by a Fredericksburg HVAC professional will be capable of handling the demands of regular usage, particularly during the hot summer months. In this instance, a regularly-maintained 15 year old system can be easily expected to last for as long as another 10 years or more before it runs into any trouble.

Conversely, a system that receives no attention and simply is left to run on its own for 15 years is probably about at the end of its useful lifespan. It could be on the verge of breaking down, failing, and leaving your home without much-needed climate and comfort control. And that’s a huge red flag for anyone looking to buy it.

If you want to have another way of attracting buyers without having to fork over to replace your HVAC system, having maintenance records from annual services conducted by a professional will speak volumes as to the condition of your system and thus give buyers the peace of mind of knowing your system is in good condition.

Schedule an HVAC system maintenance service today by calling 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating at (830) 302-3140!